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Proposals for Hamdok’s Initiative (2)

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

We continue presenting our proposals supporting the Sudanese Prime Minister’s initiative. I think it is expected that some of these proposals are direct political ones, while some others are dealing with operational, executive, and administrative issues. But in all cases, and at the end of the day, all the proposals are part and parcels of politics! The first proposal, in the previous article, was about how the government should abide by and adhere to the principle of review and evaluation within the framework of the triad: consultation, transparency, and accountability.

In this second proposal, I encourage the Prime Minister to call for a round table conference to discuss & agree on how to resolve the current crisis and how to save the transitional period. The conference has to be held according to the themes presented in the Prime Minister’s initiative, and it should pay attention to three important points: 1- All the agenda, the items & the framework of the conference should be based on the Declaration / Charter of Freedom and Change agreed upon on January 1, 2019. 2- Benefiting from, and taking into account the experience of the University of Khartoum Forum for National Building, held in July 2020, and other similar seminars & workshops organized during this transition period, we should avoid turning the conference into mere academic papers and theses that remain suspended in the air.

All the resolutions of the conference should be ready for direct implementation, 3- The doors of the conference should remain closed to the crooks of the former ousted Ingaz regime who committed crimes against the homeland and its citizens. As for the participants to this meeting, I suggest that they include: the Sovereignty Council, the Council of Ministers, the all fragments of the Alliance of Freedom and Change Forces (FFC), the political forces outside the FFC that believe in the revolution, the all signatories of the Juba Peace Agreement, the two groups of the Sudanese Professional Association, representatives from the resistance committees, the civil society, and any agreed-upon organizations and national personalities aligned with the revolution. Of course, many changes and modifications can be applied to this proposal, but in all cases, I do believe that it is necessary.

My third proposal: I call for establishing a policy-making office affiliated to the Prime Minister, specialized in formulating policies and assisting the government in taking appropriate decisions in the light of scientific reasons that the office strives to provide. Such an office is present in all governments, including those of stable democracies in modern developed countries, and reports directly to the Prime Minister. And if modern and stable countries depend a lot, and sometimes completely, on this office or this mechanism, to conduct the government affairs in terms of drawing public policies, and supporting the decision-making process, then the countries in transition, like Sudan today, that still crawling to achieve democratic transformation, political stability, and state-building, are in dire need of such an office.

I detailed a proposal for this office, in terms of its vision, tasks, and how to establish it, and submitted it in writing to the Prime Minister in the first week of November 2019. I learned that the proposal was discussed in a joint meeting between the two presidents, Hamdok & Burhan, and they agreed on the idea and the practical steps for establishing the office. It was expected that the Council of Ministers would issue a decision to form the office, after consulting with the FFC, but this didn’t happen. Then the Corona pandemic attacked, & the idea may have been counted among its victims! (More details on this proposal in the next article)

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